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With the recent news of the H7N9 (a new bird flu strain) virus being passed between humans for the first time in China, a sense of anxiety has risen in the Far East; with farms beginning to cull poultry.
While there are currently no indications that suggest the H7N9 flu virus is set to erupt in to a global pandemic, like that of the 2009-2010 swine flu epidemic, a sense of precaution should be taken if travelling to Far East and China in particular.
The H7N9 virus is a potentially deadly influenza virus that is normally spread amongst birds, hence the term, ‘bird flu’. However, the first human case was recorded in March 2013 and since then, the virus has been found in 134 people with 44 deaths to this date.
It has been noted that the symptoms of the H7N9 virus can include a shortness of breath, fever and severe pneumonia. If you experience such symptoms then you should seek immediate medical advice, especially when considering that, ignoring such symptoms could potentially lead to organ failure and result in death.
Although there is no definitive method to ensure that you do not catch the H7N9 virus, there are various precautions that can be taken to help prevent catching the H7N9 virus, whether at home or abroad. Such methods include:
If you are travelling to the Far East and China in particular, then it may be wise to avoid visiting live bird markets and poultry farms. However, should you begin to experience symptoms of the H7N9 virus at anytime during your travels, the CDC (Centres of Disease Control and Prevention) recommends Tamiflu and Relenza for the treatment of the H7N9 virus.
So, if you're planning an adventure, make sure you prepare yourselves for your epic journey by taking the correct medical precautions. Don’t let the H7N9 virus ruin your trip.